We told you last week that Amber Rose has been having a ball on Dancing with the Stars. To be specific: “the time of my life.”
“I love my partner and just — people don’t understand how much work goes into it,” she said on her Loveline with Amber Rose podcast. “You’re with your partner four to five hours a day. You get home, you’re on the phone with them – what you need to work on, what you need to do. Then you go to the ballroom and it’s like all the celebrities and other dancers. It’s really like a family.”
But just that quick, Rose has found herself feeling less of a family vibe from her DWTS colleagues and more
It all started when Rose and dancing partner Maks Chmerkovskiy danced the salsa this week and did a little more twerking and popping than stepping and shifting while dancing to Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty.” Of course, the choreography isn’t Rose’s doing, but that body is all hers. According to her, her curves made judge and former DWTS dancer Julianne Hough feel “a little uncomfortable.” That, in turn, made Rose feel shamed for her form.
“I was actually hesitant to talk about it, but f–k it, it’s my podcast,” she said during this week’s Loveline podcast. It was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up, and Maks dipped me, and she said, ‘Ooh, I’m uncomfortable.’ And I instantly, I felt, I did feel body shamed. Because, you know, all the beautiful, professional dancers that are on Dancing With the Stars, I mean, they dress very sexy. And they do splits. And they grind up on these guys, and they look absolutely stunning. And they get a standing ovation. And for me and my body, my hips, my ass, my breasts, made her feel uncomfortable.”
Eventually, Hough responded to Rose’s disappointment by telling E! News that she wasn’t made “uncomfortable” by the How to Be a Bad B—h author’s body, but rather, by how underwhelming the dance as a whole was. She stated that video being shared of her saying, “I actually feel a little uncomfortable” was edited to make it seem as though she said it about Rose’s curves.
“To be clear, that was a produced package, not live coverage and they can put those sound bites anywhere,” she said. “My ‘uncomfortable’ comment was about the fact that I felt like I wanted more out of the performance – when someone is doing a hot, sexy dance like that without the right amount of energy that is required, it can be uncomfortable to watch. Trust me I’m ALL for a sexy booty dance!! We all know that!! And any kind of body shaming goes against everything I believe in.”
Rose’s partner, Maks Chmerkovskiy, stands by her so much that he will participate in her SlutWalk this weekend, according to his Entertainment Weekly blog. He said they both did what they could with the song given to them. As he put it, “the bottom line is the song says ‘booty, booty, booty’ about 70% of the song, so there’s no way we weren’t going to work that into the dance!” He also noted that the criticism from the judges to Rose could have been a lot more constructive, alluding to her comments about body shaming.
“This competition is difficult for everyone in different ways, but what I appreciate from Amber is her perseverance and her ability to go through these criticisms and come out on top,” he wrote. “She never really let’s [ sic] anyone know how she’s feeling about what’s being said about her.”
What do you think? I believe that Hough probably meant well. But let’s not front. Bodies that don’t fit a certain type of mold are automatically looked at as venereal. Based on the fact that all the dancers on that show are half dressed and grinding on one another, the fact that Rose, out of everyone, made Hough uncomfortable is indeed telling. Especially when you consider that Chmerkovskiy and Rose were given “Booty” to dance to in the first place, which was obviously a move to allow her to show off her assets — only for a judge to say those assets made them feel uneasy. But then again, Hough was out here wearing blackface for Halloween so who’s really surprised?